Okay, so “chocolate” is a bit of a stretch, but still technically true. See, there are cocoa nibs in these little delicious bites. And cocoa nibs and cocoa powder are technically allowed on the Whole30 plan, as long as you’re not consuming it to meet a sugar craving (which, hand to my heart, I am not…really mom, I’m not!).
I was inspired to make these after trying a recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie that I’m now having trouble finding. Womp, womp. Sad face. So, I whipped these up instead and they turned out pretty darn good. Also, there’s a sh*t ton of protein in these suckers, obviously, which keeps them both filling and delicious. Double trouble.
Can I also say that though I feel lighter on this Whole30, I’m missing bagels like no other? No idea why, but all I want is a big, thick bagel with some schmear. Blergg..21 more days.
Any who, these little balls (ha, balls) have been my saving grace. Did I mention the puppy is a lot of work? Did I mention that I also have had appointments mixed with travel mixed with work mixed with puppy mixed with brit.co mixed with trying to keep sane? Oh, I have? Sorry. Obviously, I’m burning the candle at both ends and hoping I don’t trip and set fire to myself. Though, knowing me, I probably will.
Okay, Nicole. Focus. Balls. Below you will find a delicious recipe for deliciously filling protein balls and the major awesome thing about these? They’re actually fast to make. I made them in both my Nutribullet and my food processor, and I actually preferred the Nutribullet–would just makes clean up even easier. So many wins.
- 1 + ⅓ cup pitted medjool dates
- ½ cup coconut shreds (OR ⅓-ish cup coconut butter)
- Extra coconut shreds for coating protein balls
- 1 tbsp cocoa nibs (or more, if you'd like!)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw almond butter
- Note: If you're using coconut butter, don't include the coconut oil.
- Mix ½ cup coconut shreds with 2 tbsp coconut oil. I've found it's best to mix it in a powerful blender, like a Nutribullet. Perfect consistency would be creamy, but even if it's the consistency of almond meal, I've found it still works. Another option? Just use ⅓ cup of coconut butter.
- Add medjool dates and almond butter. Blend.
- Add cocoa nibs. Blend.
- Once thickened to an almost dough-like consistency, stop. Take out and roll into little balls. Then, roll balls around in more coconut shreds.
- Set in refrigerator for at least an hour to harden.
- These should keep fresh in the fridge for up to a week...if they even last that long.
Also, #tbt. Just cuz I’m gettin’ those #fallfeels.